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29
Nov

Responibili-what?

Here’s a simple question to ask yourself, “What ever happened to simply taking responsibility for something?”  Think about it for a second.

Webster’s defines Responsibility as,

  1. The quality or state of being responsible: as
    1. moral, legal, or mental accountability.
    2. reliability, trustworthiness.

Pretty straight forward, right.  Then why has it become such a foreign concept in not only our political system, but also in our entire culture?

Enough questions for you to ponder, allow me to explain the thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head far too long.  When I was going up, if I broke something, I was expected to make amends in some way.  If I could pay for it, I would.  If not, there would be some other chore or earnest apology that could somehow make things right.  Every now and then, as any young trouble-making boy would do, I would try to blame someone else (usually one of my younger sisters).  I learned at a pretty early age that if I did this and got caught, the consequences would be a bit more harsh than if I has simply taken responsibility from the beginning.

You see where I’m going with this?  MY COUNTRY IS BROKEN AND OUR IDIOT POLITICIANS ARE SPENDING MORE TIME TRYING TO FIX THE BLAME, RATHER THAN MANNING UP, TAKING SOME RESPONSIBILITY AND FIXING THE PROBLEM.

Sorry, didn’t mean to yell, but do you feel my frustration with this one?  It doesn’t take a genius to see that something has gone wrong.  Open any paper or visit any news site (Left, Right, Independent, it doesn’t matter), and you can’t help but see the serious state that we’re in right now.  Our economy is getting hit, unemployment is higher than it’s been in over 20 years (note: this is a debatable point because they’ve changed the way they measure unemployment), we’re fighting a war, but forcing our troops to fight with one arm behind their backs (and the other in a sling), political corruption on both sides (but for some reason it’s not “corruption” if they tell us they’re accepting money)…you get the point, right.

It’s all pretty clear, but of course, our elected officials know that if they actually man-up and say, “Yep, we really f***ed that one up,” we’ll vote them out of office and they’ll have to rejoin the ranks and live in the mess they’ve created.  On one hand, that’s an understandable concern.  Yes, we will vote them out of office (if we actually get off our butts and vote…but that’s a whole other article).  On the other hand, though, why isn’t there a single representative out there that will just admit that we have a problem and it’s ALL of our faults.  Enough of this childish finger pointing and pontificating.

But, before we start joining in on the finger pointing game, let’s remember that we’re all guilty of not taking responsibility for what’s happened to our country.  I’m a pretty conservative guy, so it’s easy for me to look at the current administration and talk about how they’ve thrown out the Constitution.  To be fair, though, I have to remind myself that the last few administrations were the ones that started chipping away at our freedoms.  So where does our responsibility fall in all this?  Mainly by falling for the “Us vs. Them” game and acting like this problem is too big for us to fight.

Redefining the “Us vs. Them” will first take some humility from all of us, but it’s also the first step in each of us taking responsibility for what we’ve allowed to happen.  We need to understand that we’re now at the point where the “Us” is WE THE PEOPLE; the American people that are being abused and screwed by an elitist class of professional politicians.  By that rational, obviously the “Them” are those same politicians that are tearing our country apart focusing mainly on them and theirs while they give lip-service to “The People”.  As we talk with our peers, as we “reach across party lines”, we need to remember that even the person in Starbucks that doesn’t see things the same way as us, is just as much as a victim of this political game as we are.

So what do we do?  I wish more than anything else that I had a quick fix for this problem.  I feel like I have a pretty big stake in this thing we call America.  Both my maternal and paternal ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War.  My great-grandfather was wounded in France in WWI (I have a copy of his Purple Heart citation framed on my bookshelf).  My maternal grandfather served in the Navy.  My paternal grandfather served in the Texas National Guard and his wife served in the Navy.  My own father was in the Army for 21 years.  My brother-in-law has served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  I served in the Navy for six years.  To think that my entire family has served, fought and bled for a country that is falling apart is disheartening, to say the least.  Guys, I wish I had the answers, but I only have a few suggestions.

My first suggestion is that you start taking responsibility for what has happened to our country.  Note the shift from the plural “we” to the singular “you”.  YOU need to take responsibility.  Not the other “you”; not the other people reading this post. I’m talking to the YOU sitting in YOUR chair reading this post on YOUR computer.  You need to stop taking the attitude that someone else is going to contact their Representatives and demand a change.  Do you understand that if everyone is waiting for someone else to get dirty, no one is doing anything?!

Stop by your Representative’s local office.  A little face time has lot more impact than an email they can just delete.  Be nice when you go there (I would even recommend dressing a little nicer than jeans and a t-shirt).  Remember, if the elitist class looks down on us as a bunch of uneducated, WalMart shopping, rednecks, we don’t need to go in and reinforce that idea!  Tell them you’re concerns.  Ask the hard questions.  Someone taking the time to visit is not only impactful, it also scary.  Our politicians know that for every one person that takes the time to get active, there are about 1000 more that feel the same way, but don’t have the time or desire to go visit.

Here’s my second suggestion: redefine the “Us” and “Them.”  As much as a love talk-radio, I also think most of the political talk shows are hurting us more than helping.  They feed into the Left vs. Right, Liberal vs. Conservative dialogue and keep the People fighting amongst ourselves.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t listen to talk-radio, read books or watch TV, I’m just saying to pay attention to the division and try to filter it.  Remember that the “Us” is now ALL of us that are being oppressed and the “Them” are those that are stripping away our freedom and taxing us to death.

Finally, reach across party lines.  I live in Los Angeles, CA, right now.  You can only imagine how hard this is for me!  I’m surrounded by people that I disagree with on more issues than you can even begin to imagine.  But rather than focusing on our MANY differences, I try to focus on the fact that we all agree that we’re getting screwed.  Admittedly, there are some people that just refuse to budge.  “Obama’s the best thing to have ever happened to this county”…”Everything is still Bush’s fault”…”Anyone that makes more than $30,000 a year is evil”…whatever.

But there are also those that see that we do have some common ground and a common enemy.  Let’s face it, in the grand scheme of things is WalMart REALLY all that different than Target?  Is Burger King REALLY all that different than McDonald’s?  Is Hertz REALLY all that different than Avis?  Do you think that at this point the Republicans are REALLY all that different than the Democrats?  Sure the underlying philosophies are different, but at this point in time the end results are about the same.

So fight the urge to bury your head in the sand (or your Xbox 360) and realize that both you and I are the key to fixing our country.  We’ve left it up to our “elected” officials too long now.  We’ve seen what that’s given us.  The next time you get in to a heated discussion with one of “Them”, remember that the politicians count on Us fighting amongst ourselves.  Yes, there will be topics that we will NEVER agree on, but I think most of us can agree that this path is leading us down a dangerous road.

You can’t expect others to take responsibility for our country, if YOU don’t do it first!

Nathanael
I Make Hippies Cry: Nathanael Greene

29
Nov

May your chains rest lightly upon you

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace.  We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you.  May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

- Samuel Adams

22
Nov

Entangling Alliances with none

“…Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political:—peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none:—the support of the state governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies…”

-Thomas Jefferson – Inaugural Address

16
Nov

Time for Giving Thanks

What started out as a venue for conservative rants against hippies has already received two guests. I welcome you to the site, and I promise you that there will be plenty more from where this comes.

I remember having the blinders lifted from my eyes a few years back. Marriage and fatherhood have ways of changing your perspectives on what is and is not truly important. Since my realization, I have been witness to many great people fighting the good fight against the liberal, progressive, and socialist dictum’s of the hippie era. We have been a nation in turmoil since the very days our forefathers stepped foot on this great continent, and staked a claim to a life of freedom from tyranny and oppression. Despite the efforts of many throughout our evolution into our modern society, our rights have been challenged and encroached upon by those very people sworn to defend us. My heart swelled at the sight of the sleeping giant being roused from it’s slumber by the socialist attack of the political machine, much as our country was by Japan’s entry into WWII. They too thought we could be defeated if we were forced to fight a war of attrition and propaganda on two fronts. We prevailed then, as we will now.

Conservatism and patriotism are not words to be bandied about for political campaigns. They are bedrock foundations, on which this country was founded. Many have shed their sweat, blood, and pride to do what was necessary for the good of the country as a whole, and I vow to do the very same. I urge those who read these words to remember the sacrifices that are made every day for our liberty, and remind others who have forgotten. We are a nation worth fighting for. The hippie has no place in our society. They are our comic relief. They are our punchline. In the end they will be their own demise, when the nation awakens to realize their detrimental effect on society. As I take my leave for the holidays, I will give thanks to all who have awaken the sleeping giant, and all who make up the body and soul of this giant. The detritus of our past will be trampled under foot as new paths are blazed ahead. I welcome your company.

Take A Bath Hippie!

George

11
Nov

Happy Veterans Day!

Today we honor the citizens of this country who risked, and often sacrificed, their lives so that we can live free. There are countless stories of men, women, and children who stood strong in the face of terror and oppression and never gave an inch. Countless fields of battle are littered with the ghosts of those who perished in each and every battle fought for our liberty. From the most junior ranking Private to the most senior ranking General, the job of defending our country has a long and noble roster. Every military man, at some point or another, either to himself or outwardly, has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. While it is one thing to defend our rights and freedoms from those of other cultures and religions, it is unacceptable that we face an even greater threat from citizens of this country.

We are being attacked from within. A combination of deceitful politicians and slothful layabouts has been poisoning the soul of this country for too long. The land of opportunity once stood out as a place for people to come and work freely to achieve their dream in a land of opportunity. No opportunity is going to be free of challenges or struggles. There are no free rides. The concept of every family working to make their own way gave way to a growing welfare society becoming more and more dependent on handouts and less willing to work for their wages. For the last two years we have had a government administration filled with people who want to take advantage of this. Socialism is trying to be force fed upon us by people who do not want to see the world lifted up to our level of prosperity, but rather see us pushed down to the global level of poverty. Our leadership says we have too much and we owe the world our wealth. I say let the world see the examples of our past and rise to the challenges.

Do not squander the sacrifices of our veterans. Do not waste the opportunities that were provided to us with their sweat and blood. Do not lose your way because of the distractions dangled in front of your face by those who do not want to work, but still want their share of the pay. The Nation owes a great debt to its veterans. Thank them by standing strong against the destructive spirit of the hippy.

Thanks for stopping by

George

4
Nov

You just can’t teach a hippie

They had their chance to drag their state out of the worst economic disaster that state has ever known, but instead the hippies in California voted to not only re-elect two of the most corrupt senators currently serving (that’s right, I’m looking at you Boxer and Waters) but they re-elect the former governor Jerry Brown back into office to promote big government. You hippies and leftists certainly deserve what you bring upon yourselves, but I truely feel sorry for the good people in that state that will continue to suffer at your hands. You have once again proven your irrelevancy to the world, and I am sickened by you. Enjoy the next two years, and don’t say you had not been warned.

George

14
Oct

What is a hippie?

When I think of hippies I think of dirty people sitting around in their patchoulie encrusted mini vans strumming listlessly on their dime store guitars trying to convince themselves they sound just like Jimmy. I also see them sitting on the corner of Haight and Ashbury without any shoes waiting for the free store to open so they can get some flip flops and a tie dye. I can almost understand the appeal of the lifestyle until I realize that I appreciate sacrifice and responsibility. The only thing a hippie has ever had to sacrifice are a few puffs off the joint he found in the grass behind the port-o-potty. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate creativity. I enjoy making art and music. I find comfort in the time that I can focus the old frontal cortex on something deeply enriching and rewarding, but I also know that there are very few fortunes made in the art world while the artist is still alive. When the little hippies were doing their thing at the end of Viet Nam, they probably felt justified. It is always more fun to make love instead of war, unless it’s a really great war. The unfortunate thing about hippies is that they never got the word that the party ended and it was time to go home. They just decided to stay and crash on the couch of society waiting for the free store to open back up. Sorry to tell you this little Mr. Hippie. The free store is closed and now it is time for you to cut your hair, shave your scraggly beard and at the very least put on your cleanest tee-shirt and find yourself a job. If there are other hippies who are looking for jobs in this tough economy, don’t dispair. There are manual labor jobs available and they pay a lot more money than you are used to earning. You are used to filthy squalor (don’t be offended, I saw the Woodstock movie. You were having a great time in the mud with your LSD and your STDs). I’m sorry Mr. Hippie. There are no handouts. Your president (I use that term loosely) lied to you. You actually owe him money now, and he does not forget.

I understand you might be afraid of the reality staring you in your face. If I spent the last 20 years of my life hiding in the basement of SR-71 with my bogus prescription for Purple Kush for back pain, I would be scared to. Just take your first step away from the bong. Take a walk outside. Smell the fresh air, and put one foot in front of the other. You will soon find yourself walking away from the old life and towards a new one; a life with promise and security. You can become a productive member of society and pay taxes ( Take a deep breath. This is why we’re here) and start a family. If it is any consolation the joy of raising children with a good set of morals and values is a very rewarding process and all the love you see in their eyes every day is worth all of the sacrifices you have to make. You will also find that once you start giving of yourself to others, the more you want to give.

The inverse of this situation is that you do nothing, stay lazy and eventually get removed from this earth like the dregs of a bad batch being scraped away from the lining of the bong by a dry crusty pipe cleaner. Either way, we win.

Thanks for stopping by.

Take a bath.